What Went Wrong

Posted: 18.12.06 in Blogging

I think there are a lot of parallels between Australia’s defeat in the The Ashes in 2005 and England’s forfeiture of the The Ashes this time round.

  • There was a huge amount of discussion, particularly in the media, about the selection of both teams. Australia’s bowling attack was criticised following their initial win and their subsequent loss of the opening two tests in the 2005 Ashes. As such, the Australian selectors saw fit to change the bowlers. This time round, even before the end of the first day of the first test, questions were asked as to why Monty Panesar wasn’t in the side. Indeed, other questions were asked about players that had been called up despite playing only fragments of a season. After two defeats, the team lineup changed.
  • Both the Australia side of 2005 and the England side of 2006 were suffering from injuries. Australia lost Glenn McGrath early in the series, and some still think that this why Australia conceded The Ashes that year. England are still without long-term injuries Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones. With the additional loss of Marcus Trescothick, England looked somewhat an unbalanced side.
  • Both losing sides were expected to win the series before arriving in the opposing country. Australia were, and still are, the top ranked side in the world, and were viewed as unstoppable. Brett Lee predicted a white-wash. This year, England arrived with The Ashes in tow, looking to retain them. Perhaps this warranted additional pressure on the sides.

In any case, bugger, we lost. Should we be looking for someone to blame, or should we just concede that Australia were the better side?

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Comments
  1. Dave says:

    Just paid a visit to wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year,hope everything goes well for you at Uni,and its good to see your really getting into Dream Theater.

    If you look on Google video there is a full Dream Theater gig on there,Live at the Budokan.

    Its awesome.

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